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Seafood Salad….(Worthy Of The Holidays)

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Romaine Lettuce With Shrimp, Mussels, Crab Claws, And Fruits, Dressed In Avocado Salsa

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Before I went to get some last-minute shopping done this morning, I contemplated my probable food-intake for the next two days. It downed on me that if I don’t want to gain at least 10 lbs over the holidays, I must offset the gluttony with sensible breakfasts and luncheons, so I started today with this simple and light salad;
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“Romaine Lettuce With Shrimp, Mussels, Crab Claws, And Fruits, Dressed In Avocado Salsa”
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P.S.
For seafood salads, I always like to “refresh” refrigerated seafood in a mixture of room temperature-water, lemon juice, garlic paste, kosher salt and cayenne pepper. (Keep in liquid for ten minutes)
For all hot dishes, I like to “refresh” refrigerated seafood in a mixture of room temperature-whole butter, lemon juice, garlic paste, kosher salt and cayenne pepper. (Keep in butter for ten minutes)
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Mix romaine lettuce, cucumbers and rainbow grape tomatoes with a simple honey/mustard vinaigrette, plate on serving platter.
Top with pomegranate seeds, blueberries and mango, refresh seafood according to instruction on this page.
Top with seafood.
Drizzle with avocado dressing/salsa.
Serves – well, that depends entirely on you.  🙂   (This one was just the perfect sized meal for Bella and me)
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Avocado Salsa/Dressing Recipe:
In a food processor, blend 1 cup honey/mustard vinaigrette and juice from 1 lime with meat from 1 to 2 ea Hass(Haas) Avocado (depending on size) until smooth, stir-in 1 tblsp finely chopped cilantro.
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Romaine Lettuce With Shrimp, Mussels, Crab Claws, And Fruits, Dressed In Avocado Salsa

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Romaine Lettuce With Shrimp, Mussels, Crab Claws, And Fruits, Dressed In Avocado Salsa

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Romaine Lettuce With Shrimp, Mussels, Crab Claws, And Fruits, Dressed In Avocado Salsa

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Romaine Lettuce With Shrimp, Mussels, Crab Claws, And Fruits, Dressed In Avocado Salsa

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I could eat just the salad on its own……….

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Preparation :
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This dish is part of my upcoming meal plan # 2 –
“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH TWO 
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“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH ONE

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Dragon Waffles

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Pitaya,  drachenfrucht, fruit du dragon, buah naga, kaeo mangkonthanh long, huǒ lóng guǒlóng zhū guǒnanettika fruit – these are just a few of the many  names for one of the most versatile, beautiful and delicious fruits I know.
Dragon fruit comes in three main varieties – red, green and yellow peel with either fiery red flesh with black dots (seeds) or white meat with black dots (seeds). Then there is the less common bright-yellow dragon fruit, with yellow peel and white meat with black dots (seeds). The taste of the dragon fruit spans a great range, from rather sour to very sweet.
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Today’s at breakfast time I had a great craving for waffles. I had a couple of mangos as well as one dragon fruit in the larder, so the menu was set :
Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream”.
I usually serve the dragon waffles with caramelized apples, but the mangoes I had in the fridge were rather ripe and needed to be used – good thing I did use them for this dish, because the soft, very sweet mangoes fit perfectly with the slightly tart dragon fruit and the crisp waffles. What a wonderful way to start the day 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Waffle Batter :
Ingredients :
1. 1/3   cup flour, 4 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp sugar, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1. 3/4 cup buttermilk, two egg yolks (whisk the two egg whites to stiff peaks)
Method :
Mix dry ingredients well, add buttermilk, egg yolks and melted butter, fold-in whisked egg whites
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Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream

Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream

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Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream

Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream

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Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream

Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream

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Preparation :
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Fruit – What’s Not To Love ? ! ………..

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Ever  since I have started my “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan, many people have asked me:
“How can you survive on so much fruit without getting bored?”
My meal plan calls for fresh fruit (supplemented by power-bars, dried fruit and nuts) for breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Below find a small selection of typical fruit platters and fruit bowls I make at least once a day. Please notice that there are few (if any) “exotic fruits”.
I will of course buy other fruits besides the ones pictured, such as mango, rambutan, star fruit, kumquat, sapote, dragon fruit, passion fruit, dates, mongosteen, star apple, etc, but what you see below is my usual, daily staple. I usually make a large platter of mixed fruit and berries when I get home from work and put it in the fridge. Later, a few hours after dinner, I usually eat about half, then have the other half for breakfast. For lunch on workdays it’s usually apples, pears, mandarines and such. Lunch at home is usually a bit more elaborate, with grilled fruits and a small cup of sugar- free/fat-free yogurt or sugar-free sherbet thrown into the mix. Most fresh fruit meals are supplemented by either dried fruits, vegetable chips, powerbars and assorted nuts or a combination thereof.
I hope the pictures below will encourage you to eat more fruits and help you to believe that a plate of fruit does not have to be boring 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Indoor Sunshine

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Yesterday  it was raining and raining and raining ……
So I brought the sunshine inside the house with this delicious concoction  🙂
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” Indoor Sunshine ”  Vodka & Mango Smoothie
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Life is Good !   Cheers !
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Indoor Sunshine: Vodka & Mango Smoothie

Indoor Sunshine:
Vodka & Mango Smoothie

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Indoor Sunshine: Vodka & Mango Smoothie

Indoor Sunshine:
Vodka & Mango Smoothie

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Indoor Sunshine: Vodka & Mango Smoothie 3

Indoor Sunshine:
Vodka & Mango Smoothie 3

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Death by Chocolate

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” Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine “

This is my gift to anybody who is not a well versed pastry chef, but a diehard chocolate lover (or a lover of a diehard chocolate lover), who sometimes has to prepare his or her own chocolate fix on short notice without much fuss. I doubt that there are many chocolate desserts out there which are as easy to prepare, yet as rich in texture and pure chocolate goodness as this little gem. Even if you have two left hands, had a few too many drinks, are legally blind and have a case of the jitters, you should still be able to prepare this dish at a moments notice without any difficulty 🙂
You have a choice of the texture being ultra smooth, or, as I did here, studded with shards of chocolate for a more crunchy version. (I’ll explain below)
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Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

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Ingredient’s :

Mascarpone cheese,
Chocolate fudge brownies,   (or substitute with your favorite brownies or cookies)
Dark rum,   (or substitute with your favorite booze)
Dark bitter chocolate,   (or substitute with your favorite chocolate
Mango,   (or substitute with your favorite fruit)

Method :

1)    Soak brownies in plenty of rum.
2)   Crumble and whisk until smooth.
3)   Whisk mascarpone until smooth.
4)   Temper chopped chocolate until melted and smooth.
5)   Mix cookies and mascarpone until well blended and smooth.
6)   Slowly add chocolate to mascarpone while whisking vigorously.
7)   Or, alternatively, in order to have a more crunchy texture, add a thin film of chocolate to top of mascarpone without stirring. Let set for a few seconds, then break up the set chocolate and mix into mascarpone. Continue to add remaining chocolate to mascarpone while whisking vigorously.
8)  If desired, add sugar, vanilla and  lemon juice to your liking. ( I usually don’t add anything, for me, the taste of the cheese, rum, chocolate and brownies is just perfect, nothing else needed.
9)   Fill into mold of your choice, let set overnight.
10) To serve, slice terrine or scoop into spheres or quenelles. Decorate with fruit of your choice.
11) Eat, be very happy 🙂

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Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

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Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

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Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

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Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

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Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

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Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

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Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

Chocolate & Mascarpone Terrine

Life is Good !
Say hi to your sweet tooth from me 🙂
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” Watermelon & Mango Smoothie “

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Plenty of watermelon &  mango smoothie,
Bella and I enjoying a breezy afternoon in the garden.
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Life is Good !    🙂
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1 qt       coarsely chopped watermelon
1 qt       coarsely chopped mango
1 cup    yoghurt
2 cup   whole l milk
10 ea   mint leaves
1  ea     large lime, juiced
I qt       ice cubes

Blend everything until thick and smooth.

Cheers !   Enjoy !
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” Breakfast Of Champions ” # 4

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This morning at breakfast time,

my body  said  “super sandwich “,
while my brain said ” fresh fruit’s “.

Strangely enough, today the brain won  🙂
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Chocolate Milk,
Watermelon, Banana, Mango, Cherries.
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Live is Good !    ( Life is too short to eat Bad Food )
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